What is AVEL?

AVEL is The United Church of Canada’s video and DVD lending library. Maritime Conference United Church constituents are automatically members of AVEL and can borrow resources without paying a membership fee.

Are you a member of United Church Women, United Church Men, Youth Group, Sunday School or other key organization in your congregation, responsible for providing programming?  If so consider using our services at AVEL for timely resources on spirituality, environmental concerns, social action, stewardship, Bible Study and many, many additional topics.

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Use the search box on this page and click for more search options. You can also visit the Resource Page.

You can order your AVEL resource on-line once you have selected a resource. Watch for “Avel – Click here to order this resource.”

 

AVEL Contact Information

Sarah Wallace is offering assistance in filling your AVEL requests.

 

1-800-268-3781 ext. 6159
swallace@united-church.ca

 

Most Recent Resources

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Power of Community (The): How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is an American documentary film that explores the Special Period in Peacetime and its aftermath; the economic collapse and eventual recovery of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following the dramatic steps taken by both the Cuban government and citizens, its major themes include urban agriculture, energy dependence, and sustainability. The film was directed by Faith Morgan, and was released in 2006 by The Community Solution.The film is a reflection of the peak oil scenario argued by oil industry experts and political...

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Working Like Crazy

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Working Like Crazy is a fresh look at the struggles and victories of some former mental health patients who work in businesses owned and run by other psychiatric survivors. Labelled “”unemployable,”” they have given themselves a safe space among peers. A place where they can earn an income and rebuild their lives. Laurie spent years in psychiatric isolation and now runs a courier business; Diana has transformed rage and family violence into work for the Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses; since Graham has a job at Fresh Start Cleaning, his plan is...

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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

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Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, MANUFACTURING CONSENT explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. In a dynamic collage of new and original footage, biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, the film highlights Chomsky`s probing analysis of mass media. A mammoth two-part project, MANUFACTURING CONSENT is nonetheless light on its feet, favoring a style that encourages viewers to question its own workings, as Chomsky himself encourages his listeners to extricate themselves...

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Arsenal of Hypocrisy: The space program and the military industrial complex

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The glory days of NASA are over! Today the Military Industrial Complex is marching towards world dominance through Space technology on behalf of global corporate interest. To understand how and why the space program will be used to fight all future wars on earth from space, it’s important to understand how the public has been misled about the origins and true purpose of the Space Program.The militarization of space is a real threat to survival, a serious threat to survival… maybe the end of the species.”” — Noam Chomsky, professor at MIT and author If we have a...

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It’s Everybody’s Business

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Canadian research indicates that between 4 and 10% of older adults experience on or more forms of abuse or neglect at some point in their later years by someone they trust. Approximately 80% of abuse or neglect of older adults is hidden or goes undetected. Only about one in five cases of abuse come to the attention of community agencies and authorities.. In this dvd, you will gain insight into the types of abuse, signs of abuse and have the opportunity to view various vignettes of potential scenarios.. -Developed by the Winnipeg Elder Abuse Strategy Working Group to assist in increasing the...

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Connecting the Drops

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20 minute DVD telling the story of the recent KAIROS ecumenical delegation to the Alberta tar sands.

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The Fast I Choose-Steve Bell’s Journey to Ethiopia

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There is reason for hope. That’s what struck singer/songwriter Steve Bell most in his recent trip to Ethiopia where he witnessed the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Not long before the trip, Steve had begun contemplating what his response to hunger should be. He began fasting as he prayed for direction. A few months later Steve had arrived in Ethiopia, visiting villages where people are struggling to cope with changing climate, unfair trade rules, and overpopulation. He connected with people through music and storytelling. There are incredible things happening there, he continued. We...

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Future of Food

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed about the introduction of genetically altered crops into our...

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